Many parents and therapists use Otsimo Speech Therapy with kids who have childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This article will give you practical advice on how to employ Otsimo Speech Therapy to benefit a child with CAS.
CAS is not something you could treat on your own. Your child with CAS will need intensive speech therapy and home practice. However, you can use our app to complement your treatment plan. Research on CAS suggests that kids show more progress when they engage in speech therapy 3 to 5 times a week.
How to use Otsimo Speech Therapy for Apraxia?
We recommend you use Otsimo Speech Therapy every day for 5 to 15 minutes or a minimum of 3 times a week. While practicing on Otsimo Speech Therapy, make sure that your child is calm and in a familiar environment with as little distraction as possible. As a parent, you play a crucial role. Truly be there with your child and for your child, help them hold the device if needed, and comment on their progress as often as possible.
As a warm-up, you can use the games in the first two categories for just a couple of minutes. These are quite straightforward activities, so they can be used as steppingstones for your child to move on to more difficult games. You can also use silent activities in the Tongue Acrobacy section, just as fun(ny) icebreakers.
Start with 5 to 10 words with simple structures and sounds that your child has already mastered. Let them choose the theme but point them to simpler words.
First, watch the kid on the screen do it, then you do it, and only then let your child repeat the action/activity. Take your time, show them how the camera of the device works like a mirror, and then enjoy as you and your child become what you have been practicing with our role-playing filters. Ask questions if you feel your child is ready.
Remember: the more regularly your child practices, the better progress they will show. However, this doesn’t mean you should pressure your child into repeating the words in the app. Especially in the early stages, forcing your child to practice (or repeat the activities outside the app) may slow down their progress or make them shy away. Just incorporate your Otsimo session into your daily routine and try to make it enjoyable.
Keep your Otsimo Speech Therapy sessions short but purposeful. For your child to progress reliably, you need to be patient. High expectations may put pressure on your child, so make their Otsimo experience fun and rewarding. Acknowledge your child’s efforts often; even when they are not succeeding but is visibly trying, praise their effort. We would love to hear about your experience and answer any questions you may have.
Best of luck!